International Vinegar Festival

Vinegar Festival, International

Mid-June Saturday
The International Vinegar Festival, a celebration of the sour liquid condiment, takes place every year on one Saturday in mid-June in Roslyn, S.Dak. The family-friendly day features a parade, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, a handicrafts market, and food vendors. Participants can enjoy such activities as a vinegar-tasting party and making crafts from vinegar bottles. A centerpiece of the festival is billed as the "mother of all vinegar contests," with vinegars from around the globe presented for judging to a panel of chefs.
The festival was launched in 2000 as a means to help the tiny town of Roslyn stay economically vibrant. A committee called CARE (Committee for the Advancement of Roslyn and Eden) sought a niche to draw visitors, and they found it thanks to a local writer named Lawrence Diggs, also known as "Vinegar Man." A food scientist, he is a collector of vinegars and the author of Vinegar: Appreciating, Making, and Enjoying Vinegar . He helped to found a vinegar museum in Roslyn, housed in a building donated by the city, which has been featured by such prestigious food journals as Bon Appetit and Gourmet.
CONTACTS:
Vinegar Man
P.O. Box 201
Roslyn, SD 57261
877-486-0075
Vinegar Connoisseurs International
104 W. Carlton Ave.
Roslyn, SD 57261
800-342-4519
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